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According Sobiya N. Moghul, we all our attached to our media devices and social media and how it is not having a positive effect on our mental health. In fact, the use of electronic devices may reduce some of these 6 basic skills, which can help to alleviate our device-induced depression in the modern world. Moghul's 6 techniques for reducing depression in the digital age are as follows.
1. Look Around
Sobiya shares that she notices the positives people in her life, including her coworkers, and tries to learn from them. Likewise, there are people around you who are doing small things like eating right or exercising, and when we pay attention to the positive qualities of others, it helps us to become motivated to make changes within ourselves. Get your head out of your computer or your mobile device for a few moments, and notice who is around you and what is really going on. Do you really want to live your life in a 6-inch computer screen and miss the richness of the physical world?
Self talk is a way to walk yourself through painful situations or feelings. This technique helps you to figure out if what you are thinking or feeling are based in reality. In addition, it can help you to make good decisions, and even help motivate you to y saying positive things to yourself. take action. Most people self talk in their own head quite frequently. Practicing self talk can help lift your mood. Once again, take a break from the chatter of Facebook, Twitter, and the world-wide-web in order to think for yourself again - Reclaim your own internal dialog, and don't just repeat your Twitter Feed to your friends. What do YOU think about the world and what's happening on our planet?
3. Practice Active Listening
Sobiya recommends that you “Listen attentively when someone is talking to you. Try and learn to understand other's point of view. She refers to, Racheal Remen, “The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen! Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.”
When you actively listen, you are taking the time to understand and process what the other person is saying In a conversation. You are not waiting to respond, or inect your feeling, but genuinely listening to the other person. Are you glued to a device? If so, you are probably only nodding and saying "uh huh" to people who want you to see, hear, and understand them. Go ahead and look up, make eye contact, and have a conversation. Let go of the electronic device, and engage in a real person-to-person dialog.
4. Sing Outloud
According to Colin Slater OAM, a former opera singer and the founder of Sing Australia, “When you sing, your posture and breathing is different to when you speak. It's like a sport. And just as in playing sport, singing promotes mental and physical fitness; it creates endorphins and it leaves you feeling uplifted and energized." Singing can elevate your mood by working with your physiological and mental well being. Go ahead and find an online video that you can sing along with - Many have lyrics, so you can really let loose and participate in your favorite album. The digital world isn't bad - Use some of it's benefits to perk yourself up!
5. Cry or let it go
Crying is good for you both emotionally and physically. As the Sobiya puts it, “ Crying is basically relieving you body of its toxics and emotional outburst of the brain which is imperative at times. Crying here doesn't mean wailing and getting swollen eyes every morning. This crying is purely relieving your mind from its worries, sadness and misfortunes.” Are you using your electronic devices to avoid your feelings? It's very easy to do, because digital mediums are filled with activities that can distract us from our emotional states. Are you holding something back?
6. Engage in Laughter
Laughing has been proven to have healing properties. Laughing is beautiful. According to the author, “So laugh even if you sound like a horse or a hyena. Need more inspiration? Well, laughter relaxes the whole body, boosts your immune system, triggers the release of endorphins and also protects the heart!” Again, the digital world isn't a bad place to be, but it needs to be used in moderation - Watch some online comedy or a great show, but then think about going out to a Live Stand-Up Comedy event. What else can you do in the digital age to keep yourself healthy and balanced?
- Kim B.
In today’s society we have a plethora of electronic devices available for people of all ages, and this has created a social void. The missing link for the millennial generation seems to be the challenge of interpersonal communication.
In my very plain view and way of speaking, I believe the millennial generation, and perhaps the generations to follow, struggle and will continue to will mightily with interpersonal relationships because they do not know how to communicate without using their thumbs. My wife and I have three children. By the end of this calendar year we will have three teenagers. Our firm and steadfast rule in regards to mobile phones has been that our children must reach the age of 13 before having a mobile phone, and our youngest child is currently waiting with baited breath for her first mobile device.
However, from the point that our oldest child became 13 and now when our youngest child will soon be 13, the difference in the available technology is light years apart. As my son who so frequently reminds me often says, “Dad we have a more powerful computer in our hands then they had at NASA when they put man on the moon.”
I don’t know about you, but to me that is very scary. I know that our children and grandchildren need every available opportunity to use the technology of today to be prepared for the advances in technology of tomorrow. I want my children to be on the cusp of technology advancement rather than playing catch-up like so many of us do today. I am concerned that with so little personal interaction, that does not involve a mobile electronic device, our society will forget what interpersonal communication and relationships are really about.
The isolation that comes from only communicating by means of our electronics, which will only further exacerbate our problems and greatly increase the number of people with symptoms of depression, if not a diagnosis of depression. This does not take into account that there could be physical injury, disabilities, and/or death that could come about because of our negligent use of mobile electronic devices.
You may think of me as overly paranoid or perhaps even over-hyping my position. However as a parent, I have witnessed firsthand the potential for disaster while using a mobile electronic device. I am not merely referencing the all too common problem of texting while driving. I have on many occasions stopped my own teenagers from walking in front of a moving car while their heads were stuffed into their devices.
This not only saddens me, it also worries me for today and for our future.
Moghul, S. (n.d.). Reframe What You Think About Depression. Retrieved December 28, 2014, from http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression-photos/get-things-done-despite-depression.aspx#03